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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Apr 24, 2014 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get ready to pay to stream shows from archive...?

Looks like this would enable ISPs to charge extra to companies like Netflix and Skype for their larger-bandwidth needs. Hard to tell if this would filter down to the customer; I can't imagine Youtube or Skype not being free of charge, but crazier things have happened I suppose.

As for the archive, I can't really see this affecting it. It's got nothing to do with the archive's or the Dead's financial policies; it just enables Comcast to charge extra to companies if they want to access higher bandwidths. The audio-streaming portion of the archive probably wouldn't even be affected. (I may not be right about this, but I think I am. Time will tell.)

Still, I'm extremely opposed to this extra charge for "extra" bandwidth, because it obviously favors those companies which are in the position to pay for it, and enables them to further monopolize the marketplace by beating smaller companies in stream speed. This seems completely messed up to me. As a consumer, I want the right to choose a less-popular service. After all, I'm the one *paying* for the flipping internet! I should be able to get full advantage of what I paid for, regardless of what sites I want to use. F**kers.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Apr 24, 2014 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get ready to pay to stream shows from archive...?

Its concerning enough that the ISPs will be allowed to negotiate preferential treatment to those who will pay...

But this is more worrisome... The question is no longer whether ISPs should take money on both ends, but from whom and how much.

Even before most of the Open Internet Order was struck down in court, Wheeler endorsed the idea of a "two-sided market" in which both home Internet customers and content companies pay Internet service providers.

"I am a firm believer in the market," he said at the time. “I think we’re also going to see a two-sided market where Netflix might say, ‘well, I’ll pay in order to make sure that you might receive, my subscriber receives, the best possible transmission of this movie.’ I think we want to let those kinds of things evolve. We want to observe what happens from that, and we want to make decisions accordingly, but I go back to the fact that the marketplace is where these decisions ought to be made, and the functionality of a competitive marketplace dictates the degree of regulation."

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 24, 2014 12:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get ready to pay to stream shows from archive...?

look for the upcoming legal battles over "commercially reasonable".

Meanwhile, elsewhere....


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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Apr 24, 2014 2:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get ready to pay to stream shows from archive...?

posted here on April 23, 2014:

"This week I've noticed that I am unable to play or download any audio or video files that are hosted on Archive.org. This includes the audio and video I have been uploading, along with other users that are uploading audio and video. I am on Comcast with 50Mbps down so I have plenty of bandwidth. But my friend who is on Verizon FiOS has no issues playing or downloading files. Another friend who lives in California and also is on Comcast has the same issue as me where he is unable to play or download anything from Archive.org"

"Is anyone else on Comcast having this issue. Is there anything I can do or anything Archive.org can do?"

[ yes, I had exactly these issues with The Archive's "blockage" from my Comcast ISP for one day too, earlier this week ]

"This issue seems to have worked itself out. I had spoken with several friends earlier today on Comcast who were having issues." [ yes, that's the same thing that happened to me ]

Anyone else have these issues?

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Poster: serious the dog Date: Apr 24, 2014 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Get ready to pay to stream shows from archive...?

I did, most of yesterday. Couldn't DL individual FLAC files, or a lossless ZIP for a Rumpke Mtn Boys show that'd just popped up - they just sat there, despite several tries. Tried DL'ing a torrent file of same which started out strong and quickly petered down to nothing. Problem seemed to've solved itself by about 8PM EST. I too use Comcast. Test files from other sites worked fine. I'm in Michigan.

This post was modified by serious the dog on 2014-04-24 22:36:21